I booked the Sirata on priceline.com about 6 months before the trip to get the best price possible. Upon arrival, my fiance and I found it very easy to find, and 'nice-looking' on the outside I was impressed with the security-and felt very safe the whole time. Once inside the resort lobby to check in we where greeted by a front desk attendant who had to be still in high school; he told us that there was no rooms available but then reviled that he was joking- I do enjoy someone with a sense of humor, but when you've just flown 5 hours, not so fun. I didn't pay any mind to the comment, however, my fiance was annoyed with it.
The room was nice, I wish we could have had a balcony that we could sit on, but the sliding glass door with the sheer curtains was enough for us. Everything was in working order, TV, phone, lights, hair dryer, and the air conditioner. The air conditioner was on full-blast the entire time we where there and we couldn't find any way to turn it off other than to crack the sliding glass door open. But hey, Ill take an overly cold room over a hot room any day.
The beach was amazing, and when I had enough of the kids over at one pool, I would just go to the next. We went water skiing in the gulf, which I have to say is one of the most amazing things I've ever done- we even saw a dolphin racing with us under the water. I absolutely loved it, and greatly appreciated the sting ray warning signs when we did see a sting ray. The only thing I really didn't like where the Jacuzzi's. I really wish that there was an age limit on them. I really didn't enjoy sipping my adult beverage along side a 6 year old boy and his siblings.
The room service was less than desirable, overpriced and there wasn't much on the menu to choose from. The gentleman who brought us our breakfast, took our resort charge card and then vanished for over an hour, which made us late for a lunch cruise of clear water. After a firm phone call, and 20 more minutes, the card was returned and the gentleman apologized for the wait- because he got busy.
Now, I joke from time to time among friends about housekeeping coming to my door and them not speaking English- but it has never actually happened to me until now. A woman came to my door and said ( and I quote) "I clean?", I responded with 'we are leaving in an hour' and she replied with "No speak English" I just shook my head and she made me initial a waiver saying to not clean our room during our stay. - where do they get these people from?
As for St. Petersburg: skip the crab shack- it was nasty. And DO NOT MISS Silas Dent- it was the best food I've had in my life- I even tried fried gator (AMAZING). It was the freshest seafood I've ever had and they introduced me to my new love FRIED CHEESECAKE. We went there two nights in a row that's how good it was. And I would HIGHLY suggest the Lemon Tree Spa down the road- great bang for your buck!
Overall, I was extremely pleased with the resort, had wonderful nights walking the beach while the sun set and then finding a hammock to lay together in and just swaying in the breeze. I was a little disappointed when I was told that I could not go para sailing on two separate occasions because it was too windy- which I do understand that no one wants accidents.
I was very very impressed with the resort card that was provided to us- which gave us the ability just to flash the card and it would be charged to the room- which I thought was very clever.
As for your trip I suggest booking this resort asap. I was extremely pleased, even though tripadvisor.com gave it a 3.5 rating which made me very nervous/ hesitant when I booked.
I will tell you one thing- I will go back- and I will get my para sailing trip (along with another plate of fried cheesecake)
(for those booking through priceline: don't go for the lunch sightseeing cruise of Clearwater- or the even dance under the stars [same cruise-line]. A lot of 65+ people and bad food.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is located on 13 privately owned beachfront acres directly on the Gulf of Mexico. This St. Pete Beach resort is family owned and operated for three generations. There are 3 beachfront pools, 2 whirlpools, fitness center, kid's play area & arcade and many water sport options. Compass Grille is a casual dining restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rum Runners Bar & Grille is located poolside and beachfront for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Harry's Beach Bar is a local institution featuring a casual menu, lounge setting around a fire pit directly on the beach. Both beach bars feature live entertainment on the weekends. There is something for everyone from a pool cabana, a beach cabana or hammock and the sunsets are are always amazing in the Sunset Capital of Florida located on the #1 Rated Beach is the US. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sirata Beach Hotel Saint Pete Beach
- Hotel Sirata Beach
- Sirata St Pete Beach
- Sirata Beach Resort Florida
- Sirata Hotel
- Sirata St Petersburg Fl
- Sirata Beach Resort St. Pete Beach, Florida